Thursday’s games brought matchups for girls’ and boys’ basketball at Avila University. Led by Liberty North’s Michael Hughes, the Eagles beat the Sumner Academy Sabres 59-44. Other boys’ games included the Bishop Miege Stags’ 56-28 win over the Liberty Blue Jays and the Olathe East Hawks’ 68-56 defeat of Rock Bridge. On the girls’ side, the Olathe South Falcons gave Rock Bridge a tough battle, but the Bruins won out 50-41.
Patriots score the first 10 points of the fourth quarter and beat the Ravens 64-59 at the Hy-Vee Shootout. In other games, the Bishop Miege girls topped Kearney, while the Washington boys beat Kearney and the Raytown South boys topped St. James Academy.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
Leavenworth High School girls basketball player Tyler Johnson verbally committed to the University of Kansas. She is the second Kansas City area recruit for Bonnie Henrickson, who picked up Olathe South's Kylee Kopatich this spring.